LETTER: What are plans for laying LRT tracks?

The Editor,

The transportation plan, on which we are now being asked to vote, proposes light rail from the Expo Line Terminus in Surrey along both King George Boulevard and Fraser Highway.

Where precisely are these tracks (two are required) going to be placed?

In both cases, space is at a premium, so, based on my experience of some 15 years in European cities, the rail lines are either placed on the green space between the separate roadways of the boulevard, the tracks actually go along the roadway (such that light rail really morphs into "street-cars") and are part of the street traffic, or, a combination of these two.

Driving along both proposed routes, unless the current centre lanes are converted into light rail only – thereby reducing existing four lanes to two – the streetcars will (for the most part) join the vehicle traffic on these two highways.

What is the plan for placing the tracks? And where will these street cars pick up and drop off passengers?

Mac Savage

Surrey

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